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    Is a travel scope worthwhile for a first-time scope buyer?

    Yes, travel scope is a great place to start. Like @Boogieshrew above, Opticron 60 + SDLV3 would me my recommendation. Portrability, including air travel is not a problem. (I have carried a bigger 66mm scope in my backpack without any issues.) Good luck!
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    Kowa 88A star test

    Great effort on these @mauhler31! Where is Joachim when we need him ! :) @jring
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    Kowa 88A star test

    Good job @mauhler31 and thanks for sharing! I too look forward to hearing from the experts on this one. - I wonder if the outside images were obtained after de-focussing for more than 4-5 rings? - If you can, please try at longer distances (>30m) and try to have not more than 5 rings of...
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    Mini review of the Opticron MM4 60

    Thanks for taking the time @LucaPCP !
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    Extender for Swarovski 80mm ats scope

    Before making the extender sway your decision one way or the other, I would recommend that if you can, try the 773 with and without extender, against the ATS you are considering. Also if you can, try to get a sense of the utility of the extender with the 773 under the general atmospheric...
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    Advice on Opticron MM4 60 w SDLv3 vs Kowa 553

    Great work and good to know everything is working as well as you had hoped! On the 60/77 question: packability and size with extra 1lb wt is definitely a subjective decision I think. If you find yourself trying a 77mm against the 60mm, please post your feedback on those as well. Cheers!
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    Advice on Opticron MM4 60 w SDLv3 vs Kowa 553

    I think you have found the right words to explain this. Yes! Thanks!
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    Which one to upgrade first, binoculars or spotting scope?

    @Passakorn, great work! Trying is the best way to figure things out. Your thoughts on the EL and SLC mirror my experience. I wonder if Kahles Helia remade the SLC with a better focus wheel. If the Opticron Aurora is a possibility for you ($1K range), I would certainly recommend reading on it and...
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    Which one to upgrade first, binoculars or spotting scope?

    You mention birding and photographing in dense forests with interests in carrying both birding and photography equipment. It seems to me you are better off considering an upgrade with an improved field of view, brightness, and viewing comfort within the constraints posed by the size and weight...
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    Advice on Opticron MM4 60 w SDLv3 vs Kowa 553

    Congratulations! Please share your experiences after you have had a chance to use it, and any other scopes you might have had a chance to compare to. Cheers!
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    Advice on Opticron MM4 60 w SDLv3 vs Kowa 553

    For me (I don't wear glasses), (1) the EP is quite uncomfortable with extreme eye relief fluctuations : 20X is relaxed, quickly drops to being very low in the range of 30-35X, then very very slowly recovers the ER upto 60 but never as comfortable a view as it was at 20X. (2) And at 20X, we are...
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    Advice on Opticron MM4 60 w SDLv3 vs Kowa 553

    On the Kowa 663: I wouldn't recommend the 20-60X to anyone without them having a chance to try first. It is an uncomfortable mess. Like many others who have switched to the 30X, I am now evaluating if I can live with the 30X EP. Or just switch to some other scope altogether. Good luck with your...
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    Next step: I need a scope

    Congrats on a great scope and on one that you personally found a joy to use! Have great fun with it!
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    Any customer review of new tsn-99?

    Wow, thanks Henry! Great experiment too! Looking forward to your findings with the other scope and copy too! Can't wait!
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    A movie for all nature lovers and wildlife observers.

    @mTown, my music knowledge is so poor, I do not know who Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are. I will try listening to some of their work! @Pileatus, I am super glad you enjoyed the Arctic video. I have been a follower of Vincent Munier's works for a while now. His photographers are equally stunning...
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    Next step: I need a scope

    Whenever you have a chance to try out the 77 and contrast it with related models discussed, would love to know your thoughts! All the best!
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    New Meopta Meopro HD+

    Announced over on their Facebook page: Log in or sign up to view Their website still seems to need updating. Let's hope we get the more detailed specs on their website soon! Meopta Sport Optics has introduced new MeoPro HD Plus binoculars. A completely redesigned Gen 2 version of the previous...
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    Next step: I need a scope

    @Felixtheelix, I unfortunately do not have an extensive experience with Opticron EPs. (@jring or @marcsantacurz, might).
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    Next step: I need a scope

    @Felixtheelix , just sharing some experience on the scope. I use a 663M with 20-60. I did not go for the much more relaxed 30X fixed EP view because I found I needed around 40ishX in the areas I bird in. Beyond 45X, I found the view is definitely not something to write home about. When a good...
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    A movie for all nature lovers and wildlife observers.

    Just thought of passing on a link to this highly raved about, recently released movie. Reading about it, it appears like its been in the works for a while. A famous photographer Vincent Munier, writer Sylvain Tesson and a few others collaborate to bring this search for a snow leopard and other...
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    Binocular bargains

    BH Photo megadeal zone optics: Vortex, Celestron binoculars; 65mm Vortex Razor HD straight spotter ($850-$50 gift card), and Kowa TSN-553 15-45 x 55 Prominar spotter ($1300). https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/optics/ci/38001
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    Monarch 82ED, a Perfect Ten

    @henry link , @jring , I am also facing difficulties obtaining reproducible star test images. Can the star test images be sensitive to position of the star in the scope and the camera's field of view? That is, do we need to make sure the star is right in the center of the scope's view and also...
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    Any customer review of new tsn-99?

    Thanks @paperweight. I tried looking through the pictures you have uploaded - like you guessed based on the resolution, I am unable to add more. Thank you and I am eagerly looking forward to the discussions around these.
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    Any customer review of new tsn-99?

    Thanks @paperweight. I very much look forward to the insights from other experienced users on the scale and effects of the aberrations here. But to me, it looks like both astigmatism and spherical aberration are present based on the pictures you have listed. The images have low resolution so I...
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    Interviews with Retailers: Tim Fallowell of Focus Optics

    While we are sorry to hear that your store is closing, we wish you have a great, long and healthy retirement Tim!
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